MEET Our staff

Gregg Hires, LICSW

Gregg began his counseling career as the Administrator and Clinical Director of the Flying H Youth Ranch in 1972, and also maintained a thriving Private Practice in Selah, Washington for several years before moving to his current location at Lake Aspen Park in Yakima, WA. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Association of Christians in Social Work and is listed as a counselor with Focus on the Family as well as several other Christian organizations. Gregg holds a BA in Sociology and a Masters of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri. Additionally, Gregg has had postgraduate studies in Chemical Dependency, Residential Treatment of Adolescence, Behavior and Anger Management and Psychological testing. Gregg founded Bethel Ridge Family Resources in 2001, a faith based ministry serving individuals, couples, families, pastors and missionaries.

Glenna Hires, LMHCA

Glenna has been in the counseling field since 1973 as a High School counselor/teacher, a Crisis-Intervention counselor, and currently as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate with a Private Practice at Lake Aspen Park in Yakima, WA. Glenna graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Family Studies and a Master’s of Arts in School Counseling. In addition, Glenna holds a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling as well as training in Family Counseling, Grief & Loss, Eating Disorders, and Chemical Dependency. She is also a current member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Glenna has training in marriage counseling with the Gottman Institute. Glenna was employed by ESD 105 as a trainer for school staff and administrators in Crisis Response Planning.

Isaac Johnson, LMFT

Isaac Johnson is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and part of the Bethel Ridge Family Resources team.  Isaac has almost 10 years of counseling experience in Private Practice. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioral Science along with a Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy. Isaac is married with two daughters.  He has lived in the Yakima Valley for over 25 years and is committed to seeing lasting, positive change in the lives of couples, families, and individuals

Denis & Barb Elder

Dennis & Barb  joined the Bethel Ridge Retreat site staff in the Fall of 2013.  Dennis is retired from his career as a Field Service Engineer in the High Tech  Industry, which took him all over the world, as well as opportunities for their family to live in several states.  Dennis and Barb had been very active in Christian Camping for many years— leading backpacking camps and serving on camp boards; as well serving in various capacities in the church.  Serving God in a setting like Bethel Ridge Retreat had been a life long dream of theirs.

Dennis and Barb raised four children, two biological and two adopted, and are enjoying being grandparents of a wonderful granddaughter.

At Bethel Ridge Retreat Barb is in charge of the office as well as Guest Relations/Hospitality.  Dennis works  on property and grounds maintenance.


Roy Vierck, Treasurer


Shari Swanson, Secretary

Portland, Oregon


Buzz Rowe

BRFR Board Chairman

Jim Payne

Board Member

Greg Hires

Trustee, Administrator, Clinical Social Worker,

Bethel Ridge Family Resources Naches WA.


Gregg has done extensive training with the John and Julie Gottman at the Gottman Institute for marital therapy in Seattle, Washington.

Glena Hires

Trustee, Co-Administrator, Counselor Bethel Ridge Family Resources Naches WA.


Glenna has done extensive training with John and Julie Gottman at the Gottman Institute for marital therapy in Seattle, Washington. Glenna is a certified Gottman instructor for the Bringing Baby Home program.


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